Monthly Archives: July 2018

By Sean McPhetridge, superintendent of the Alameda Unified School District Throughout the budget review, employees and community members often asked, “Why can’t AUSD pay its teachers more?” Without question, some local factors play a role (including our above-average special education costs and our below-average class sizes). But we mustn’t forget the larger factor too: a…

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A bill pending in the state Senate would broaden qualifications for state-sponsored preschool, in hopes more families can take advantage of services already paid for. Although lawmakers provided $46 million two years ago to open some 9,500 new slots in the program, many districts send back money to the state because not enough qualified students…

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The graduation rate among the state’s high school seniors has been steadily gaining since 2010. But a new federal audit suggests it may not be as good as reported. After a two-year review, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General said the California Department of Education failed to provide “reasonable assurances the reported…

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Several parents with children in low-performing schools view a child’s academic struggles as an individual responsibility but access to and understanding of school data can help them identify broader problems. Many parents experience educational, technological and language barriers to accessing and understanding data, limiting their ability to make informed decisions about their children. Read the…

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